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  1. Oskari Kuusela, Tractatus' Failure.
    In this paper I discuss the role of the nonsensical ‘statements’ of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and the aims of the book, a topic which has in recent years been the subject of, at times heated, controversy among Wittgenstein’s readers.1 In this debate the so-called ineffability interpretation argues that the role of nonsense in the Tractatus is to make us grasp ineffable truths which ‘strictly speaking’ cannot be said or thought2. By contrast, the interpretation known as the resolute reading emphasises the incomprehensibility (...)
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  2. Oskari Kuusela (2014). Gordon Baker, Wittgensteinian Philosophical Conceptions and Perspicuous Representation: The Possibility of Multidimensional Logical Descriptions. Nordic Wittgenstein Review 3 (2).
    This paper discusses Gordon Baker’s interpretation of the later Wittgenstein, in particular his interpretation of the notion of Wittgensteinian philosophical conceptions ( Auffassungen ) and the notions of non-exclusivity, local incompatibility, non-additivity and global pluralism which Baker uses to characterize Wittgensteinian conceptions. On the basis of this discussion, and a critique of certain features of Baker’s interpretation of Wittgensteinian conceptions, I introduce the notion of a multidimensional logical description of language use, explaining how this notion, which Baker’s interpretation excludes, constitutes (...)
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  3. Oskari Kuusela (2013). Book Review: Wittgenstein on Rules and Nature. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 43 (3):400-405.
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  4. Donna Bowman, Clayton Crockett, John Dudly, Avery Goldman, Martin Heidegger, Oskari Kuusela & Sebastian Luft (2012). Baltas, Aristides. Peeling Potatoes or Grinding Lenses: Spinoza and Young Wittgenstein Converse on Immanence and Its Logic (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). Beiser, Frederick C. The German Historicist Tradition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). [REVIEW] Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 33 (1).
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  5. Oskari Kuusela (2012). Carnap and the Tractatus' Philosophy of Logic. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 1 (3):1-25.
    This article discusses the relation between the early Wittgenstein’s and Carnap’s philosophies of logic, arguing that Carnap’s position in The Logical Syntax of Language is in certain respects much closer to the Tractatus than has been recognized. In Carnapian terms, the Tractatus’ goal is to introduce, by means of quasi-syntactical sentences, syntactical principles and concepts to be used in philosophical clarification in the formal mode. A distinction between the material and formal mode is therefore already part of the Tractatus’ view, (...)
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  6. Oskari Kuusela (2011). Method. The Development of Wittgenstein's Philosophy. In Marie McGinn & Oskari Kuusela (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oup Oxford.
     
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  7. Oskari Kuusela (2011). Review of Nuno Venturinha (Ed.), Wittgenstein After His Nachlass. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (2).
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  8. Oskari Kuusela & Marie McGinn (2011). Introduction. Editors' Introduction. In Marie McGinn & Oskari Kuusela (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oup Oxford. 10-14.
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  9. Oskari Kuusela & Marie McGinn (eds.) (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. OUP Oxford.
    Since the middle of the 20th century Ludwig Wittgenstein has been an exceptionally influential and controversial figure wherever philosophy is studied. This is the most comprehensive volume ever published on Wittgenstein: thirty-five leading scholars explore the whole range of his thought, offering critical engagement and original interpretation, and tracing his philosophical development. Topics discussed include logic and mathematics, language and mind, epistemology, philosophical methodology, religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Wittgenstein's relation to other founders of analytic philosophy such as Gottlob Frege, Bertrand (...)
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  10. Marie McGinn & Oskari Kuusela (eds.) (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press.
    Since the middle of the 20th century Ludwig Wittgenstein has been an exceptionally influential and controversial figure wherever philosophy is studied. This is the most comprehensive volume ever published on Wittgenstein: thirty-five leading scholars explore the whole range of his thought, offering critical engagement and original interpretation, and tracing his philosophical development. Topics discussed include logic and mathematics, language and mind, epistemology, philosophical methodology, religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Wittgenstein's relation to other founders of analytic philosophy such as Gottlob Frege, Bertrand (...)
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  11. Oskari Kuusela (2010). Review of Stephen Mulhall, Wittgenstein's Private Language: Grammar, Nonsense, and Imagination in PI 243-515. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 60 (241):867-869.
  12. Oskari Kuusela (2009). The Problem of Dogmatism. The Philosophers' Magazine 44 (44):36-41.
    Wittgenstein’s rejection of philosophical theories doesn’t mean that he, or whoever adopts his method, couldn’t have any positive views about the objects of philosophical investigation. It merely means not presenting those views in a dogmatic manner, as theses that all relevant cases must fit. Wittgenstein’s approach allows one not to take sides in philosophical disputes and to take on board whatever might be correct in the traditional theories.
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  13. Oskari Kuusela (2008). Review of Barry Stocker (Ed.), Post-Analytic Tractatus. [REVIEW] European Journal of Philosophy 16 (3):478-482.
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  14. Oskari Kuusela (2008). Post-Analytic Tractatus, Edited by Barry Stocker. European Journal of Philosophy 16 (3):478-482.
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  15. Oskari Kuusela (2008). Transcendental Arguments and the Problem of Dogmatism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16 (1):57 – 75.
    Transcendental arguments have been described as undogmatic or non-dogmatic arguments. This paper examines this contention critically and addresses the question of what is required from an argument for which the characterization is valid. I shall argue that although transcendental arguments do in certain respects meet what one should require from non-dogmatic arguments, they - or more specifically, what I shall call 'general transcendental arguments' - involve an assumption about conceptual unity that constitutes a reason for not attributing to them the (...)
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  16. Oskari Kuusela (2008). The Struggle Against Dogmatism: Wittgenstein and the Concept of Philosophy. Harvard University Press.
    Wittgenstein on philosophical problems : from one fundamental problem to particular problems -- The Tractatus on philosophical problems -- Wittgenstein's later conception of philosophical problems -- Examples of philosophical problems as based on misunderstandings -- Tendencies and inclinations of thinking : philosophy as therapy -- Wittgenstein's notion of peace in philosophy : the contrast with the Tractatus -- Two conceptions of clarification -- The Tractatus's conception of philosophy as logical analysis -- Wittgenstein's later critique of the Tractatus's notion of logical (...)
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  17. Guy Kahane, Edward Kanterian & Oskari Kuusela (eds.) (2007). Wittgenstein and His Interpreters: Essays in Memory of Gordon Baker. Blackwell Pub..
    Addressing a broad range of topics, this collection of essays provides thorough survey of Wittgenstein scholarship, surveying the history of the field and shedding a new light on contemporary debates. The first collection of its kind, this volume presents a range of perspectives on the different approaches to the philosophy of Wittgenstein Written by leading experts from America, Britain, and Europe Provides a much needed overview of the complex landscape of Wittgenstein exegesis and Wittgensteinian approaches to philosophy Assesses the current (...)
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  18. Oskari Kuusela (2007). Review of Marie McGinn, Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy of Logic and Language. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (7).
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  19. Oskari Kuusela (2006). Do the Concepts of Grammar and Use in Wittgenstein Articulate a Theory of Language or Meaning? Philosophical Investigations 29 (4):309–341.
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  20. Oskari Kuusela (2006). Nonsense and Clarification in the Tractatus-Resolute and Ineffability Readings and the Tractatus' Failure. Acta Philosophica Fennica 80:35.
     
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  21. Oskari Kuusela (2005). From Metaphysics and Philosophical Theses to Grammar: Wittgenstein's Turn. Philosophical Investigations 28 (2):95–133.
    The paper discusses Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy as devoid of theses. Although already the _Tractatus aims to abandon philosophical theses, it relapses to such theses. In his later work Wittgenstein develops a novel conception of the status of philosophical statements. Rather than to state what his object of investigation, e.g., the use of a word, must be, the philosopher is to employ rules, examples etc., as 'objects of comparison'. A philosophical statement does not describe a necessity in reality. The modality (...)
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